American football fans don’t need me to tell them that yesterday (or the early hours of this morning for us lot), the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, beating the San Francisco 49ers 31–20. Donald Trump, however, might need me to talk him through that a little slower; perhaps, armed with giant maps, highlighters and sharpies (obvs). Maybe some puppets, too.
Soon after the Chiefs win, Trump tweeted out the following:
“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game, and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure. You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU!”
The internet was quick to inform Mr Trump that the Kansas City Chiefs are, in fact, based in Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas.
Now, here’s the thing. If there are two subjects I truly suck at its sport and geography, so if I’m being really honest here, I can see myself making a similar blunder. But here’s the other thing; that’s okay, because I’m not the f**king President of the United States.
The POTUS has since deleted and corrected his tweet.
But luckily, we live in a world of screenshots. Sweet, sweet screenshots. So naturally, the internet has been taking the ball and running with it today. God love it.
Former Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill tweeted:
“It’s Missouri you stone cold idiot.”
One Twitter user wrote:
“Trump just congratulated the state of Kansas for the Chiefs win? We know how this is gonna go… As soon as someone points out Kansas City is in Missouri, expect the White House to release a new map tomorrow… #SuperBowl2020.”
“Tomorrow: Trump waves around a map in Oval Office showing that Kansas City is, in fact, in Kansas.”
What’s perhaps even more startling than the POTUS not knowing basic American geography, is the fact that the White House actually retweeted his original tweet. See below.
Predictably, many of Trump’s loyal chums have jumped to his defense. Fox News’ Steve Doocy responded to news of the tweet by saying:
“Kansas City is in Kansas and is also in Missouri… [It’s like when] people call them the New York Giants, but they’re in New Jersey.”
Fellow Republican Matt Schlapp tweeted:
“Dear East coast establishment: Kansas City, Kansas is in Kansas.”
Great, hon. But Trump was addressing the Kansas City Chiefs, who are based in Missouri.
I’m just going to leave with you this tweet.
Keep screenshotting, people. Please.
Images via Twitter and Getty
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